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The trick for Raiders is doing it again

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 3:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.

With the grand vision of a team that relies on a strong running game and a stout defense finally coming into focus, Raiders coach Dennis Allen contemplated the next step Monday.

Doing it again.

A 15-0 win in their final home game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday was nice, but a similar effort on the road against Carolina would be an important next step.

“It’s just like I’ve been saying since Day 1 _ we’ve got to be more consistent at it,’’ Allen said at his weekly press briefing. “We’ve proven we can do it at times, but we’ve got to be more consistent at it. That will be our challenge moving forward.’’

At 4-10, the Raiders finish the season at Carolina and San Diego, both currently 5-9. Not in the NFL’s upper echelon, but not the 2-12 Chiefs, either.

With the Raiders defense taking a beating this season, Allen was protective of the perception that the result wasn’t as impressive given the level of competition.

“It’s tough to shut out anybody in this league,’’ Allen said. “For us to go out there and do that _ it’s the first time it’s been done in this organization for 10 years _ I think that was critical for our defense.’’

The shutout was the first since the Raiders blanked the Chiefs 24-0 in a rainstorm to close out the 2002 season with an 11-5 record. Allen also noted the 119 yards of total offense surrendered was the least given up by the Raiders since 1975, and pointed out that they gave up 10 yards on the ground to a team that came in ranked fifth in the league in rushing.

“I think that was a good confidence-builder,’’ Allen said. “Now we have to build on that.’’

– The Raiders gave the players the day off Monday, with the team beginning preparations for Carolina on Wednesday.

– Defensive end Andre Carter had his second sack and played 32 of 44 snaps, his highest percentage of the season. He was credited with five quarterback hits by the coaching staff.
Carter joined the Raiders Sept. 26 as a free agent after a Pro Bowl season with the Patriots last season that ended with a torn quadriceps that required surgery.

“He’s a lot closer (to top form) than he was, and he’s only going to get better,’’ Allen said. “He’s been a great addition for us, not only on the field, but in the locker room, in the classroom. He’s been good to have and I expect him to continue to get better.’’

– With Denarius Moore struggling to field punts against the Chiefs and Phillip Adams undergoing the NFL concussion protocol for the second time in three weeks, it’s not known who will return punts against the Panthers.

Allen said Moore had trouble finding the ball against the left-footed Dustin Colquitt, who averaged 54.7 yards per punt with a 51.7 net.

“Hopefully he’ll learn from it and we’ll move on,’’ Allen said.

He said other options were safety Matt Giordano and cornerback and special teams player Coye Francies.

– Wide receiver Juron Criner will be evaluated Wednesday after playing eight snaps against Kansas City before injuring his hip. Same goes for safety Mike Mitchell (neck) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring), who looked on pace to play against Kansas City before a Friday setback.

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  • dr_robert

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:32 am
    Scrubs.
    **********

    in one word, u have demonstrated ur lack of understanding how good teams are built.

    all of those players i listed are potentially good players that were either drafted or found on the cheap by reggie, that will help fortify our team going forward.

    patience is a virtue.

  • Just Fire Baby

    There was a play last week where Reece was lead blocking and could have sought out the LB, instead he half-heartedly stuck his helemt into a guy already being blocked.

    The LB then went and pasted Goodson 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

  • inonewordraider

    btw, dhb is good blocker.

    >>>>>

    Yup. One reason to keep him.

    He might be our only hands guy that cares about blocking.
    _____________
    oxymoron

  • DennisAllensVisor

    dr_robert Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:33 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:31 am
    dr_robert Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:24 am
    Gdog Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:22 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    As much as you guys seem to rag on the ZBS, if you were real about it you would see that the OL has gotten better and better.

    >>>>

    Ok, we can agree on this. Mostly because Smith is no longer playing. But I still don’t understand why Myers is even in the game until third down if he is the worst run blocker in the NFL.

    I’m not convinced Knapp has even noticed.
    ***********

    myers or reece?

    anyone think it’s interesting that we keep using bergstrom as a TE, when richard gordon’s reason for being in the league is cuz of blocking?

    —-

    Gordon has been hurt.
    **********

    he’s been playing special teams. actually gets in on a lot of tackles.

    —-

    He fell out of the offensive rotation due to injury.

  • inonewordraider

    in one word, u have demonstrated ur lack of understanding how good teams are built.

    all of those players i listed are potentially good players that were either drafted or found on the cheap by reggie, that will help fortify our team going forward.

    patience is a virtue.
    ______________________
    huh? i didn’t say that

  • The_Judge37

    1589.Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:27 am
    What has Reggie done right?
    ——

    We finally have real NFL Linebackers, instead of standing DE’s

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bergs plays extra TE on the left side, and faces edge rushers and the like.

    Got to think it is a way to groom him to block the speed guys and prepping to be the RT next season.

    That’s my theory at least.

  • dr_robert

    bergstrom–starter in year two.
    streater–amazing find really.
    criner–looks like he could be good.
    goodson–nice running/receiving back.
    stewart–good find. solid runner and receiver.
    bilukidi–looks like he could be a stud by next year.
    wheeler–leader of our defense. high effort player.
    burris–very good 4th rounder.
    adams–from nowhere. could be a good starting CB.
    ross–will play either CB or FS next season.
    hanson–quality nickel back. lots of tackles.

  • dr_robert

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:34 am
    There was a play last week where Reece was lead blocking and could have sought out the LB, instead he half-heartedly stuck his helemt into a guy already being blocked.

    The LB then went and pasted Goodson 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

    **********

    reece is NOT a FB.

  • dr_robert

    Inonewordraider Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:36 am
    in one word, u have demonstrated ur lack of understanding how good teams are built.

    all of those players i listed are potentially good players that were either drafted or found on the cheap by reggie, that will help fortify our team going forward.

    patience is a virtue.
    ______________________
    huh? i didn’t say that
    **********

    i was addressing dr. hunter

  • dr_robert

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:37 am
    Bergs plays extra TE on the left side, and faces edge rushers and the like.

    Got to think it is a way to groom him to block the speed guys and prepping to be the RT next season.

    That’s my theory at least.
    ************

    he had been getting work at RT when willie was there, but since barnes’ return, DA mentioned he’s been getting work at both guards. brisiel’s poor play has been noted. and carlisle is getting long in the tooth, and bergstrom was originally scheduled to take his place.

  • The_Judge37

    1607.Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:37 am
    Bergs plays extra TE on the left side, and faces edge rushers and the like.

    Got to think it is a way to groom him to block the speed guys and prepping to be the RT next season.

    That’s my theory at least.
    ——

    Then why have him practice at Guard all Season when RT has been a glaring hole since Week 1?

    Also playing way outside on the opposite side seems to be a poor way to prepare him for RT. Sure he faces faster guys but he’s also gets to have a wider starting edge.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Hire Norv Turner as OC.

    Trade the #3 pick to the Rams for the Redskins 1st, Rams 2nd & 2013 3rd rounder.

    Draft:

    1- Dion Jordan [DE/OLB]
    2- Corey Lemonier [DE/OLB]
    3- Kyle Long [RT]
    4- Tyrann Mathieu [DB/KR]

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    1528.Seymour Bush Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:10 am
    Nope. It’s the system.
    ======================================

    Then why are all the other backs, every single one, more productive? It can’t be the system.
    ——-

    So let’s scrap our best RB for a mediocre system?
    ================================================

    I don’t know if the 12-2 Houston Texans think the system is mediocre.

  • The_Judge37

    Seymour Bush Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:45 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    1528.Seymour Bush Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:10 am
    Nope. It’s the system.
    ======================================

    Then why are all the other backs, every single one, more productive? It can’t be the system.
    ——-

    So let’s scrap our best RB for a mediocre system?
    ================================================

    I don’t know if the 12-2 Houston Texans think the system is mediocre
    ———-

    Not so fun fact: Greg KNapp’s offensive production gets worse in year two

    Let me know when Gary Kubiak is leading Andre Johnson and Arian FOster to a Raiders winning season

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Let me know when Gary Kubiak is leading Andre Johnson and Arian FOster to a Raiders winning season
    ============================================

    That’s the point right there: they have Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. Who do we have? But the fun fact is Arian Foster wasn’t even drafted. They settled into a system, got players who fit the system and it voila, it works.

    If we listened to some of the people here, we would try to implement a system, see that it worked for every back on our roster but one, change the system to match the skills of that one player, watch that player get hurt, keep the system that only the one back enjoys, watch that player leave after the next year in free agency, and then try to go back and implement the system we tried to implement the first go around, after screwing around for a year and a half. Why does that make sense to anyone?

  • dr_robert

    brandian ross has been moved ahead of michael huff on the raiders depth chart

  • DJ Johnny

    1595.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:32 am
    Rod Streater alone is impressive enough that you shouldnt be able to even open your mouth about Reggie.

    8-8 to 4-10 allows any schlep on the street to open their mouth about Reggie.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    1549.dr_robert Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:57 am
    does anyone else feel missdick’s sanity is on the line this week?

    is it his legacy game?

    He’s a great Raiders fan. He says he “can’t wait” to see Cam Newton blow out the Raiders.

    We know what he cares about above all else, and it isn’t the success of the Raiders.
    ==========

    Funny how my name rings in here, my fans are ravenous.

    Johnny, its weak to lie on a a person to try and make them look bad.

    I cant wait was in reference to allen being fired

    dont be a pos liar, arent you better than that?

    I love the raiders, and yes i love to watch cam newton play. i watched every snap at auburn through the pros, and if you dont know this guy is amazing on the football field.

    I wish he played for the raiders, but we are instead stuck with a lemon carson palmer.

    I told you newton would be a great nfl qb, and he is well on his way.

    I told you that palmer was a joke and we would be laughed out of football as long as he was here, and we are viewed league wide as one of the 2-3 worst teams in football.

    Dont be a bunch of haters sucking on sour grapes.

    Dont be upset becuase i told you ahead of time that these two items would work out exactly as they have. Instead you should learn to take your time before guzzling down kool-aid served up by media and blog bot posters. this is where you end up when you fail to do so.

    You end up with dashed hopes and dreams and strewn over jagged rocks at the bottom of despair, right next to your sad sack crest fallen hero carson palmer.

    I love the readers, yet the raiders continue to make the worst decisions in football.

    siging carson and dumping jc was horrendous, and the results verify this. 8-16 37 turnovers tells the whole story.

    This is why i am disliked here, because i told you this is what would happen.

    The raiders compound that issue by burying terrelle pryor.

    Well guess what, we are about to get kicked in the nuts by the new football paradigm, and crushed by the wave of the future and it is a tsunami named Cam newton.

    I hope that when cam lights up the raiders it leads to allen firing.

    Allen was told to play pryor and he flipped off his bosses by giving him one pass attempt. he was lance kiffin on sunday and he deserves the projector treatment.

    When cam shows off his other worldly skill allen will look like the biggest idiot on the planet. Worst than what he looks like now.

    i bet the players will wonder what about pryor, along with the fans and the front office when cam lights them up.

    You better pray that cam does put on a show, so it can light a fire under big mack and davis.

    Cam is whwre football is going and there is no denying unless you are simply a hater that doesnt want change.

    kappy in sf wilson in seattle rgIII in washing tone and newton are all having incredible success and redefining not just the qb, but offense in general.

    Allen didnt think pryor was good enough to lead 5 feild goal drives vs kc?

    Or did he stick with palmer thinking he would do better than a measly 5 field goal offense.

    either thought was pure folly and reason enough to be fired.

    Cam will embarrass the raiders and the seat that big mack and allen are seated on will be scorching hot. pryor will be the only remedy

    book it

  • dr_robert

    Jamize Olawale is an interesting pick-up. he’s a former WR form north texas, converted to FB (remind u of anyone?), and got some looks as a big-back/goal-line back in the cowboys preseason.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    more jokes abot the raiders….thanks reggie.

    After winning on Sunday, Raiders coach Dennis Allen wants to see some consistency. (It’s too bad he can’t face the Chiefs every week.)

    -pft

  • Gdog

    Seymour Bush Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Let me know when Gary Kubiak is leading Andre Johnson and Arian FOster to a Raiders winning season
    ============================================

    That’s the point right there: they have Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. Who do we have? But the fun fact is Arian Foster wasn’t even drafted. They settled into a system, got players who fit the system and it voila, it works.

    If we listened to some of the people here, we would try to implement a system, see that it worked for every back on our roster but one, change the system to match the skills of that one player, watch that player get hurt, keep the system that only the one back enjoys, watch that player leave after the next year in free agency, and then try to go back and implement the system we tried to implement the first go around, after screwing around for a year and a half. Why does that make sense to anyone?

    >>>>>

    I don’t care about the system. I just care about the fundamentals, and lets face it, it has been regression offensively.

    And many of us are pointing out how the WRs, TE’s and FB are not blocking well at all this year.

    Is that the system, or someone failing to emphasize the fundamentals?

    And don’t get me started on how insipid and uninspiring Knapps play calling is.

    That trick play to McF at the goal line two weeks ago worked so well because it was the first time ALL SEASON Knapp called a trick play in short yardage.

    The ZBS can stay. Knapp has to go.

    But alas… he will stay again for one more year… and we will be last in running one more year.

    And then you will say.. well, damn, guess maybe we shoulda got rid of Knapp… just watch.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    I will compile the WHAT REGGIE HAS DONE WRONG LIST.

    This might take a while.
    ====================================================

    Hopefully, more than a month.

  • dr_robert

    missdick–

    u told us newton would be good? what a stretch, given he was the #1 pick.

    u told us palmer would suck? well, u were wrong about that one. he’s been very good.

    what will happen if we shut down ur tsunami (ur a fountain of stupidity)?

    will u admit u were wrong or take the coward’s road, as usual?

  • Chris in NY

    Boz’s post @ 1437 is priceless.

    I was crying at the part about Reggie hiding the tp and Mark shuffling back down the hall. Hilarious.

  • Gdog

    Mistic the One-Note-Johnny and IQ vacuum is here.

    I am out.

    Have fun trying to ignore him… this conversation will switch in 3… 2… 1…

  • DKnight007

    Kap in SF, Wilson in Seattle, Cam in Carolina, RG3 in Wash.

    DA and crappy Knapp refuse to evolve and make adjustments and even give TP a legit opportunity to show what he can do like the players above.

  • dr_robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Allen was told to play pryor and he flipped off his bosses by giving him one pass attempt. he was lance kiffin on sunday and he deserves the projector treatment.
    ******************

    he was? he did? any proof? just ur lies? oh, we’re used to it.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    Cam will embarrass the raiders and the seat that big mack and allen are seated on will be scorching hot. pryor will be the only remedy
    =====================================================

    What? Like Preperation H or a suppository or something?

  • The_Judge37

    1616.Seymour Bush Says:
    If we listened to some of the people here, we would try to implement a system, see that it worked for every back on our roster but one, change the system to match the skills of that one player, watch that player get hurt, keep the system that only the one back enjoys, watch that player leave after the next year in free agency, and then try to go back and implement the system we tried to implement the first go around, after screwing around for a year and a half. Why does that make sense to anyone?

    ——–

    Problem is power blocking not only worked for McFadden, but for the OFfensive line as well as the back up RB’s. Fantastic that career back ups like Goodson and Stewart were able to have some good carries.

    Also, like the 3-4 Defense, if the ZBS really was that much better than traditional offenses. Every team in the league would be using it like the 3-4 trend. So until HOuston can do something other than win 12 games which has alot to do with them having a top defense, then i’ll buy into the ZBS being a superior Scheme.

  • dr_robert

    DKnight007 Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am
    Kap in SF, Wilson in Seattle, Cam in Carolina, RG3 in Wash.

    DA and crappy Knapp refuse to evolve and make adjustments and even give TP a legit opportunity to show what he can do like the players above.
    ************

    vick in philly. oops.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    By the way, Miss Tick, congratulations on figuring out where the game is being played this week.

  • DJ Johnny

    Maybe Reggie will improve this team as we go forward but so far he’s had as many misses as hits…if not more misses.

    I know it irritates so many that there’s that damn “8-8 thing” that always gets in the way, cuz it wan’t “real” and it was a “mirage” and all those stupid sports outlets keep saying the Raiders DID finish 8-8 for two consecutive seasons and they still refuse to put asterisks next to it when they should for it being a weak schedule, and the still haven’t put asterisks next to this seasons record cuz Reggie inherited the worst situation in the history of sports.

  • Marks hair

    Some of the excuses for this staff are hilarious.. dav leading the charge today..

  • The_Judge37

    DKnight007 Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am
    Kap in SF, Wilson in Seattle, Cam in Carolina, RG3 in Wash.

    DA and crappy Knapp refuse to evolve and make adjustments and even give TP a legit opportunity to show what he can do like the players above
    ——

    The only two teams with winning records have top defenses.

  • romania

    Jones fumbles a lousy pitch on a reverse in the first game, and is never seen from again except special teams. He’s not even used as a decoy. Where’s Asbury?

  • romania

    DJ
    I’d rather have a “mirage” 8 and 8, than a real 4 and 12.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    DAV is mctroll20…

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    dr_robert Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    missdick–

    u told us newton would be good? what a stretch, given he was the #1 pick.

    u told us palmer would suck? well, u were wrong about that one. he’s been very good.

    ===========

    try again

    i said cam would be great long before he was on the national scene. long before auburn was in the national tittle chase and long before his hiesman and draft status.

    Most of this board didnt even know who he was at the time and tried to ridicule my position saying he would never be a pro.

    well we know how that worked out.

    yes i said palmer is a joke. if you think 8-16 with 37 turn overs is “very good” than that explains most of your nonsensical post. even this year 4-10 with 22 tds and 19 turn overs is awful on here on earth, but in your world its ‘very good”

    we really cant have intelligent discussion you fail to qualify on the intelligence part.

    besides you have already exposed your self as a race hating troll so nothing you say can be taken seriously.

    Move on dr slob. you sound like a whiny little biatch

  • Marks hair

    Idk. Mctroll flip flops his opinions and then hammers ppl that dont agree with his new thoughts.. dav just comes up with irrelevant points that he I guess believes supports his floundering opinions..

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    The ZBS can stay. Knapp has to go.
    ============================================

    As I have said many times in here The Raiders are married to Reggie McKenzie. The Raiders are married to Dennis Allen. The Raiders are not married to Knapp or Tarver or any other assistant.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The_Judge37 Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    DKnight007 Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am
    Kap in SF, Wilson in Seattle, Cam in Carolina, RG3 in Wash.

    DA and crappy Knapp refuse to evolve and make adjustments and even give TP a legit opportunity to show what he can do like the players above
    ——

    The only two teams with winning records have top defenses.
    ===========

    actually only the panthers have a losing record out of that group, and the panthers have had awful defense most of the year and all three interior linemen on offense went down.

    yet they are still poised to match last years win total, and maybe even improve by one game. this is largely due to cam newtons brilliance.

    Cam is on pace to pass his td passing total and far fewer turn overs than last year.

    proving that you need a qb then you build around him.

    the only thing you can build around carson are excuses for failure.

    Free tp6

  • The Big Banana

    Haven’t been in here for a few days. So is the board all excited because we actually won a game? Lol. That was one of the most unimpressive shutouts I’ve ever seen. And keep in mind that KC went for it on 4th down and failed twice in FG range. Could just as easily have been 15-6.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    im out

    FREE ROB PARKER!!!

    FREE TP 6!!!!

    FIRE ALLEN YESTERDAY!!!

  • The Big Banana

    And why again did we not just roll with Pryor? This game meant nothing and was a perfect opportunity to see what he could do on a real game. Smh at this staff.

  • The Big Banana

    Then again, Krapp may stump Pryor more than help so maybe it’s a good thing to keep him shelved until a competent staff is hired.

  • The_Judge37

    So we’re trying to be like the Houston Texans now because they’re the only successful example of a ZBS? What about the other top teams in the League that don’t use the POSZBS like Pats, Packers, Giants, etc…

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    wait befor i goill leave you with this article from the charlotte observer. This is what the wave of the future can do for you. By the way there are many articles on wilson kappy and rgIII in their local papers as well.

    Wouldn’t be nice to have qb that had write ups like this in silver and black? i mean write ups that they actually deserved instead of the empty hyperbole we got with the dynamic duo article and the infamous trade validation article that im sure the writer wishes he never printed.

    since Nov. 18, Newton has a passer rating of 109.8, second only to Washington’s Robert Griffin III. Newton has thrown 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also has run for three touchdowns.

    Much of the success in the passing game, offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said, comes from Newton’s willingness to find secondary targets.

    “He’s really improved” in his decision making, Chudzinski said. “I’ve talked about Cam improving and that’s one area: not taking sacks, getting rid of the ball, checking it down, getting it to a second read.

    “You saw some dump-offs to DeAngelo (Williams) or Mike Tolbert (on Sunday at San Diego) or getting out of harm’s way and throwing the ball out of bounds.

    “Those are the things quarterbacks do that can keep drives alive – minimize negative plays or not trying to force the ball and throw an interception. You’re stringing the plays together.”

    An Observer review of every Newton pass during the past five games examined everything Chudzinski mentioned and more.

    Newton entered the Nov. 18 game against Tampa Bay averaging 238 yards passing, with eight passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 77.2 passer rating. The Panthers were 2-7.

    During the recent five-game span, Newton averaged 261.1 yards passing with 10 passing touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 109.8 passer rating. And the Panthers were 3-2.

    Newton has been very effective on passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, going 62-of-89 with four scores.

    Included in that total: Newton is 10-for-11 on screen passes, for 156 yards and two touchdowns. On dump-offs and check-downs to secondary receivers, Newton is 15-for-18 for 124 yards.

    Newton’s 152 pass attempts without an interception is a franchise record, beating Jake Delhomme’s six-year-old mark. Newton’s is the longest active streak in the NFL.

    He has been sacked just nine times over those five games, and hurried nearly 13 times per game.

    Newton threw crucial interceptions Oct. 21 against the Cowboys and Oct. 28 against Bears when he was hit as he threw. But during this stretch, Newton has attempted 17 passes with seven completions for 138 yards and a touchdown when being hit.

    Playing a large role in Newton’s lack of turnovers, Chudzinski said, are drills run by quarterbacks coach Mike Shula that simulate Newton’s check-downs and safety valve routes when under pressure. Newton must avoid backup quarterbacks Derek Anderson or Jimmy Clausen, acting as pass rushers, before finding his option.

    Chudzinski said the drills, film study and in-game experience have allowed Newton to make those reads quicker.

    “You have to see yourself on film making mistakes and you have to see situations where, ‘Oh if I would have just checked it down here,’ ” Chudzinski said. “And stressing with him over and over and over again, ‘Where’s my check-down, where’s my safety valve, where can I get the ball to if I need to get it out quickly?’ ”

    Chudzinski said Newton still has a lot to improve upon, including his mechanics. During the past five games he either has overthrown, underthrown or been wide on 32 attempts, or 21 percent of the time.

    With this hot streak, Newton needs to average 172.5 passing yards over the final two games to break Peyton Manning’s NFL record for most passing yards during a quarterback’s first two seasons (7,874).

    “He’s playing more consistent and I think he’s getting more confidence,” Chudzinski said. “Those are things that just start building and everything feeds off that.

    “As you see yourself doing things and you see mistakes, hopefully you’re correcting them the next time they come up. And I think that’s clicking. You’re seeing Cam improve in those areas.”

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    Well guess what, we are about to get kicked in the nuts by the new football paradigm, and crushed by the wave of the future and it is a tsunami named Cam newton.
    When cam shows off his other worldly skill allen will look like the biggest idiot on the planet. Worst than what he looks like now.
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    As far as engaging in hyperbole, you are possessed of other worldly, even ‘Spaced Age’ skills.

  • DKnight007

    1475.Super Dawg Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 12:57 am
    Allen gets a pass for shutting out KC. OK. Give him and Tarver a coupon for a happy meal. Fine. But Knapp does not get a coupon for a happy meal because he could not get his unit into the end zone. What is up with that? Fine.

    ^^^^^^^
    LOL! Hilarious.

    I would take Norvall calling plays as OC ahead of crappy Knapp as OC any day of the week.

    Norv runs more power gap, pulling, counter and trap schemes along with his downfield passing and screen games to the RB’s.

    Though Norv can get caught up in predictable mode at times.